events

You Are Invited
4:23 pm
Thu September 25, 2014

Oct. 9 | Community Cinema: MAKERS: Women in Space

1978 Class Women Portrait with Astronaut Suit

FREE – Thursday, Oct 9, at 7 p.m. | See a short preview of the new documentary and join the conversation about the crucial and often unsung role women have played in the U.S. space program. | RESERVE SEATS HERE

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Arts & Culture
12:19 pm
Wed August 13, 2014

Renegade Theatre Festival offers first glimpse of new works

Melissa Kaplan and Chad Badgero say spoken word artists and soap box performances are a small sample of what will be at the Renegade Theatre Festival this weekend in Old Town.
Credit Courtesy - Renegade Theatre Festival

The Renegade Theatre Festival will be back in Old Town Lansing for a ninth year this week. On Thursday through Saturday, there will be a variety of theatrical events in several Old Town locations, and a number of local theatre companies are again taking part.

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Join Us!
2:15 pm
Fri August 1, 2014

Join WKAR at the 40th Annual Kaleidoscope

Featuring Jessica Fellowes, worldwide best-selling author of The World of Downton Abbey and The Chronicles of Downton Abbey.

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Events
12:44 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

Hamlet 'to be' headliner at Shakespeare Festival

Shawn Pfautsch stars in the Michigan Shakespeare Festival production of 'Hamlet' at Jackson College through Aug. 17.
Credit Courtesy - Michigan Shakespeare Festival

The 20th Michigan Shakespeare Festival season includes what might be the biggest of all the Bard’s works: "Hamlet". Also on the schedule is one lesser-known Shakespeare play and one non-Shakespeare classic.

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Events
11:52 am
Wed July 9, 2014

Lansing dials up electronics extravaganza

The show will take place July 10-12 at the Best Western Plus Hotel on Cedar St. in Lansing.
Credit Courtesy - Michigan Antique Radio Club

The 29th annual Vintage Electronics Extravaganza gets underway this weekend in Lansing. The Michigan Antique Radio Club spearheads the gathering, which happens to be one of the largest of its kind in the country. Approximately 200 to 300 sellers will have a diverse mixture of vintage radio, telephone and other electronic items on display and for sale.

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Lifestyle & Recreation
1:08 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

Fish Rodeo takes over the Grand River

Credit grandamericanfishrodeo.com

Dr. Kirk Heinze is host of the regular feature “Greening of the Great Lakes” on WKAR’s MSU Today. Some of those conversations make their way to Current State. In a recent segment, Heinze spoke with Terry Terry, co-founder and president of the Michigan Institute for Contemporary Art and organizer of the new Grand American Fish Rodeo. The Lansing event takes place this today through Saturday at Adado Riverfront Park.

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Stage Show and Activities
12:00 am
Sun March 2, 2014

Literacy Celebration - Everyday Moments are Learning Moments

March 16, 1-3:30pm | Enjoy children's activities, storytelling, and meet your favorite storybook characters: Curious George, Splat the Cat, Library Mouse, Ladybug Girl and Froggy.

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You Are Invited
5:42 pm
Thu January 30, 2014

Feb. 13 | Community Cinema: Las Marthas

FREE -- Thursday, Feb. 13, at 7 p.m. | See a short preview of the upcoming Independent Lens documentary and connect with your community on the importance of carrying on cultural traditions. | RESERVE SEATS HERE

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You're Invited!
3:41 pm
Tue January 21, 2014

Great Michigan Read: Decoding the Mysteries of Memoir

Monday, Jan. 27 at 3pm - MSU Campus |  A Great Michigan Read conversation about memoir writing, with Annie's Ghosts author Steve Luxenberg.

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You Are Invited
1:52 pm
Sun January 12, 2014

Jan. 23 | Community Cinema: The State of Arizona

Activists demonstrate outside of Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
Credit Lauren Asmus

FREE – Thursday, Jan. 23, at 7 p.m. | See a short preview of the upcoming Independent Lens documentary and discuss the issues with a community panel. | RESERVE SEATS

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Families
4:33 pm
Wed September 25, 2013

WKAR - PBS Kids Day | What Fun!

Anthony Cepak WKAR

It was great to see so many fans and families at WKAR PBS Kids Day this past Sunday when Daniel Tiger, Martha the Dog and Curious George visited the Capital Area District Library for a free day of activities.

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Listen Tuesday on Current State
12:02 pm
Wed September 18, 2013

Susi's Station Notes: The Great Michigan Read

I am so pleased to tell you that this month WKAR will join with the Michigan Humanities Council when it launches its fourth Great Michigan Read.

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TV Made in Michigan
1:18 am
Wed August 28, 2013

QuizBusters Special Edition - Be in the Studio Audience - Sept. 9

QuizBusters host Matt Ottinger
Credit w.r. richards / WKAR-MSU

FREE – Monday, September 9. 6:45pm | Be in the TV studio audience when WKAR records two Special Edition episodes of QuizBusters, featuring local personalities and community leaders. | RESERVE SEATS HERE

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Thursday - WKAR Studio F
2:27 pm
Mon August 12, 2013

Be in the Audience for 'Current Sports' TV Premiere

Join host Al Martin and special guest Greg “Special K” Kelser in the WKAR-TV studios as part of the live audience for the new television series Current Sports. | 6:30pm Thursday RESERVE FREE TICKETS HERE

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Radio Made in Michigan
4:54 pm
Fri June 21, 2013

Lansing Beer Week marks the official start of summer

Lansing Beer Week features beer tasting, food and brew tours. The event starts tonight and will run through June 29.
Credit Courtesy of Lansing Beer Week

The second Lansing Beer Week starts this weekend with series of activities, including the Festival of the Moon tonight and the Festival of the Sun on Saturday.

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You Are Invited!
1:00 am
Fri April 12, 2013

April 25 |Community Cinema: Wonder Women! The Untold Story of America's Superheroines

FREE – Thursday, April 25, at 7 p.m. | See a short segment from the Independent Lens documentary Wonder Women: The Untold Story of America’s Superheroines and learn more from a community panel. | RESERVE SEATS HERE

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Spartan Sports Journalism Classic
3:02 pm
Thu April 4, 2013

NBA's Steve Smith Hosts All-Star Roster of Sports Journalists at Spartan Sports Journalism Classic

Thursday, April 11, 4:45 p.m. | WKAR Studio A | RESERVE SEATS HERE

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Get Ready to Be Wowed!
2:19 pm
Mon April 1, 2013

The MSU Science Festival

MSU Science Festival | April 12-21, MSU Campus | Free

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RE-OPENED Limited Seats Available
12:06 am
Thu March 7, 2013

Mar. 21 | An Evening with WKAR at Studio C! Call the Midwife

Trixie, Cynthia, Jenny and Chummy return for a new season.
Credit WGBH

Update: March 18, 2013 - Reservations ARE RE-OPENED. Limited seats available.

FREE – Thursday, March 21, at 7 p.m. | Studio C! Theatre, Meridian Mall | See the first hour of the new season of the popular British drama series, "Call the Midwife." | RESERVE SEATS HERE

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Community Cinema
2:20 pm
Fri February 15, 2013

'Powerbroker' Inspires Audience

An enthusiastic audience attended WKAR's Powerbroker screening and discussion.
Credit Amber Taylor / WKAR-MSU

On February 13, WKAR welcomed guests to a Community Cinema screening and discussion based around the Independent Lens film Powerbroker: Whitney Young’s Fight for Civil Rights. The film provides an inside look on the voices behind the scenes of the civil rights movement.

Powerbroker will air on WKAR-TV on Monday, February 18, at 10 p.m. as part of the Independent Lens series.

A Dialog

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You're Invited
3:55 pm
Thu February 7, 2013

Feb. 21 | An Evening at WKAR: Makers -- Women Who Make America

Women March at a Convention in 1977

FREE – Thursday, February 21, at 7 p.m. | See a short preview of the upcoming documentary Makers: Women Who Make America with guest Mary Ellen Sheets | RESERVE SEATS HERE

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Festival Ends November 15
4:32 pm
Mon November 12, 2012

Last Days of East Lansing Film Festival 2012

If you haven't had time to get out to the 15th annual East Lansing Film Festival yet -- go soon! This popular event continues through November 15.

The festival offers an assortment of documentaries, features and shorts, along with films from up-and-coming filmmakers. It is the largest and most diverse film festival in Michigan to screen independent and foreign features, documentaries, shorts and student films from around the world.

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The Dust Bowl
2:21 pm
Thu November 8, 2012

Sandra Clark Joins Evening at WKAR Line-up

Sandra S. Clark, director of the Michigan Historical Center, will be the featured speaker at the "Evening at WKAR" preview of Ken Burns' "The Dust Bowl." The event will take place Thursday, November 15, at WKAR.

Clark has been the director of the historical center since 1991. Her history degrees are from Michigan State University.

"As someone who grew up in Kansas, it’s [the Dust Bowl] a topic I’ve long been interested in," she said.

Guests will see a 40-minute preview of the film, followed by Clark's talk.  The event is free.

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Fest Runs Nov. 7-15!
12:58 pm
Wed November 7, 2012

WKAR Sponsors East Lansing Film Festival

WKAR is a proud sponsor of the 15th annual East Lansing Film Festival which begins on November 7 and continues through November 15.

The festival is the largest and most diverse film festival in Michigan to screen independent and foreign features, documentaries, shorts and student films from around the world.

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YOU ARE INVITED
6:11 pm
Wed October 31, 2012

Nov. 15 Evening at WKAR: The Dust Bowl

FREE – Thursday, November 15, at 7:30 p.m. | See a preview of the latest mini-series from Ken Burns. | RESERVE SEATS HERE

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WKAR Blog
9:28 am
Fri October 5, 2012

Susi's Station Notes: Teddy Bear Picnic

Children get their stuffed bears repaired at the 2011 Teddy Bear Picnic.
MSU

When I hear the words "Teddy Bear Picnic" I think of the delightful children's song. But the Teddy Bear Picnic that I'm most looking forward to isn't "in the woods at night," but right here at MSU during the middle of the day.

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WKAR Blog
11:53 am
Fri September 21, 2012

Susi's Station Notes: Community Cinema

Nicholas Kristoff visits women and girls facing extreme challenges in "Half the Sky."

You may have noticed WKAR is busier than ever, with frequent screenings, like last night's Call the Midwife. Thanks to all who came — we hope you enjoyed the show!  Our “Evening at WKAR” events have been a huge hit, so I am especially excited to announce our newest initiative, kicking off next week.

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QB Guests Announced!
8:30 pm
Thu September 6, 2012

Community Celebrities Compete in WKAR "QuizBusters" Special Edition

Participants in WKAR’s upcoming “QuizBusters Special Edition” competition were revealed on Thursday, September 6, at the station’s fall preview.

Playing the first game for the Green Team are Scott Westerman, President, MSU Alumni Association; Jen Sygit, Michigan-based singer and songwriter; Sue Carter, MSU School of Journalism faculty member, author and intrepid adventurer; and team captain Guy Sanville, Artistic Director, Purple Rose Theatre.

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Big Week for WKAR!
11:52 am
Fri August 3, 2012

Susi's Station Notes: What a Week!

It's been another busy week for us, both in the studio and out! On Thursday we recorded the only debate that U.S. Senate candidates Pete Hoekstra, Clark Durant and Randall Heckman will hold before the primary. This Off the Record Special was moderated by Tim Skubick and with the no-rules format, it made for some lively conversation.

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In Our Community
11:19 am
Mon July 30, 2012

BackStage Pass at Lansing JazzFest

The WKAR production team heads to Lansing JazzFest this weekend to capture acts live onstage for the next broadcast season of BackStage Pass, the TV series featuring music made in Michigan.

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